Kitsch meaning

kĭch
Pieces of art or other objects that appeal to popular or uncultivated taste, as in being garish or overly sentimental.
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Art, writing, etc. of a shallow kind, calculated to have popular appeal.
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The definition of kitsch is a form of art that is an inferior, often gaudy, imitation of a famous piece of art that is created for popular appeal.

An example of kitsch is a "Mickey Mao" t-shirt.

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Art, decorative objects and other forms of representation of questionable artistic or aesthetic value; a representation that is excessively sentimental, overdone, or vulgar.
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Said especially of art and decor that is considered to be of questionable aesthetic value; excessively sentimental, overdone or vulgar.
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Other Word Forms

Adjective

Base Form:
kitsch
Comparative
kitscher
Superlative
kitschest

Origin of kitsch

  • German Kitsch (originally used of kitschy painting) perhaps from kitschen to sweep or rake up street mud or from German dialectal kitschen to sell off cheaply

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From German Kitsch, from dialectal kitschen (“to coat, to smear”), the word and concept were popularized in the 1930's by several critics who opposed it to avant garde art.

    From Wiktionary